Blade Dance by D.L. McDermott

Posted September 22, 2015 by Literati Lovers in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Blade Dance by D.L. McDermottBlade Dance by D.L. McDermott
Also by this author: Cold Iron, Silver Skin (Cold Iron, #2), Stone Song
Series: Cold Iron #4
Also in this series: Cold Iron, Silver Skin (Cold Iron, #2), Stone Song
Published by Simon and Schuster on September 21st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Paranormal, General, Thrillers, Suspense
Pages: 315
Format: eARC
ISBN: 9781501106460

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For fans of Jeaniene Frost and Kresley Cole, Blade Dance is the fourth book in D.L. McDermott’s fast-paced and sexy paranormal romance series about the Boston Fae—a full-length novel available exclusively in ebook!
Boston schoolteacher Ann Phillips knows better than to trust the Fae, but when one of her second graders turns up to class with both arms covered in magical tattoos, she has no choice but to turn to Finn MacUmhaill, the dangerous and charismatic Fae crime lord who controls Charlestown, for help.
Finn MacUmhaill, leader of the Fianna, has had his eye on Ann Phillips for months, but a recent showdown with an old enemy has left his house broken. Between the crippling blow dealt to the Fianna and his son’s recent defection, he hasn’t had time to woo the pretty redhead. When she turns up on his doorstep asking for his help, he thinks he’s found the way to win her, but before he can act, the child goes missing, kidnapped by a rogue Druid who has discovered the key to destroying the wall between worlds.
Now, Finn and Ann must ally themselves with an old adversary—the treacherous Prince Consort—to save the boy, or risk the destruction of the wall that keeps the corrupt Fae Queen and her Court at bay…

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Blade Dance by DL McDermott is the fourth book in the Cold Iron series centering around the Fae of Boston; specifically those of Charlestown and South Boston. The Fae have found a niche in being the protectors (criminal underworld) of the Celtic immigrant enclave. This story continues the quest of the Prince Court to bring down the wall and free the Fae Queen and her court.

This book starts shortly after the events of Stone Song have ended. Finn MacUmhill the head of the Fianna; Fae warrior, Hausa, has a small problem as he is loosing his grasp on his power base and his clans numbers are dwindling. At the end of Stone Song, Ann Phillips local school teacher pushed her way into Finn’s home demanding why the child, Garrett, was not in school. Garrett was a toddler and not of school age, but appears older. (Note the series continuity between Stone Song and Blade Dance, is confusing as the author aged Garrett up. Also had him attending Ms. Phillips’s second grade class, which did not happen in the previous books. This did effect my final star rating.)

The relationship between Finn and Ann is the backbone of this story. It is the relationship that sparkles in this book. This is the first book in the series that truly fleshed out the characters’ relationship as to both characters’ past. After Stone Song, book two in the series, I was not that thrilled to continue the series, as the story and romance fell flat for me, the relationship was insta love. Here in the book both Ann and Finn have to fight their own demons to be able to come together as a couple. They make a very powerful couple.

This is by far the most powerfully written book in the series and I would have rated the book a entire star higher if not for the continuity issue presented in this book.  This book made me want to read more of the series, as the characters in this story held my interest. In fact I would love to explore more of Finn’s and Ann’s relationship.


About D.L. McDermott

D. L. McDermott was raised in Bergenfield, New Jersey. She studied Classics and Art History at Yale and after college worked at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, where she managed architecture and interpretation and wrote and produced the Witch City’s most popular Halloween festival, Eerie Events: six nights of ghost stories in historic houses performed by costumed actors. Inspired by Salem’s macabre literary heritage and the words of Hawthorne, Poe, and Lovecraft, the event enjoyed a national audience of thousands, earning mention in David Skaal’s cultural history of Halloween, Death Makes a Holiday. D. L. later studied at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and her short films have been shown internationally and on PBS. D. L. is married with one (black) cat and divides her time between Los Angeles and Salem.

Rating Report
Overall: four-stars

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